When a user posts a question, we usually need to know the game system and edition in order to adequately answer their question. Sometimes a user fails to sufficiently specify this in their question, either missing the explicit system, edition or both.
As a community, we have addressed topics related to this issue in over 30 meta posts (full list) since it was originally asked about on meta. Over time, this policy has become controversial and complex with various nuanced interpretations, which makes it difficult to have productive discussions around it.
The moderator team decided to create this post as a waypoint for the status quo of the current policy, clarifying our view of the current status to be used as the basis for discussions going forward. This post represents the moderator team’s understanding of the policy and therefore is how we will continue to enforce it when required.
What this post is
- A new target for the FAQ entry on “guessing the system”
- A canonical summary of the current state of the policy
- A reference regarding this topic for users new and old
- A post to be edited/updated as or if the policy changes over time
What this post isn’t
- A place to discuss the policy or suggest changes to it
- A place for lots of competing views of what the current policy says
How to suggest changes to or request clarification on the policy
Changes, updates, and clarifications to this policy should be raised in separate meta posts. Such changes should not be proposed/discussed as answers/comments on this post; this Q&A is meant merely to describe the policy as it currently stands. Such changes should be incorporated into this Q&A only after they have already been discussed in a separate meta post and a consensus has been reached.
So, for the sake of clarity...
What is the “Don’t Guess the System” policy?